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The Japanese Voter
     

The Japanese Voter

by Scott C. Flanagan, Shinsaku Kohei, Ichiro Miyake, Bradley M. Richardson
 

This landmark work surveys the major factors that influence voting behavior in Japan. It is the first comprehensive study of the Japanese voter to be written for English-speaking audiences.

It is commonly believed that Japanese voting behavior cannot be compared to voting behavior in the West because it is not determined by the same kinds of group loyalties,

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This landmark work surveys the major factors that influence voting behavior in Japan. It is the first comprehensive study of the Japanese voter to be written for English-speaking audiences.

It is commonly believed that Japanese voting behavior cannot be compared to voting behavior in the West because it is not determined by the same kinds of group loyalties, interests, and attitudes but rather by unique patterns of personalistic networks and group mobilization. However this book demonstrates through a wide range of examples that there are recognizable bases of comparison between Japanese and Western voting behavior. It also produces a number of fascinating contrasts with voting in the West, because Japan is different, even if it is not unique. Thus we learn about the relative absence of economic voting, the weak role of the media, the continuing importance of cultural values, the enormous stability in voting patterns, and the effects of the unusual Japanese electoral system. Drawing on data from the 1950s onward, the book includes coverage of the most recent national elections in Japan.

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A study of the forces that have affected the political attitudes and vote choices of the Japanese electorate across the post-World War II period, drawing on data from the 1950s through the 1980s, but with the bulk of the analysis based on a large nationwide panel survey of Japanese citizens conducted before and after the December 1976 House of Representatives election. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300047806
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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